Sammy Ameobi had to be content with being an unused substitute as he watched Newcastle fight for a hard-earned three points at Griffin Park on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bolton suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to relegation threatened Swindon, only the second home league defeat this season for promotion chasing Wanderers.

After the game it was clear what/who Manager Phil Parkinson felt was missing, as he declared ‘you are always going to miss a player of Sammy Ameobi’s quality.

In the winger’s last 17 starts before he returned to St James Park, Bolton only lost two of those matches.

Parkinson admits he is trying to strengthen his team and that the priority is clearly to try and get Sammy Ameobi back at the club, with the Bolton fans gutted when he left.

It is very difficult to think that Shola’s younger brother will get another Newcastle contract when the current one ends in June but Rafa Benitez has kept both Ameobi and Jamie Sterry for the time being, with the Newcastle squad hit by injuries and international duty.

Sadly Rafa’s options are even more limited on Wednesday night, as both Sterry and Sammy Ameobi are cup-tied.

The expectation must be that both players will head out on further loans and in Ameobi’s case, basically a permanent move away from Newcastle as that would take him to the end of his contract.

However, it looks like it will be late January before Rafa allows anybody to leave, with the possible exception of Cheick Tiote.

Phil Parkinson:

“We are working on a number of situations and I’m hoping by the time the window closes that I can freshen up one or two areas of the team.

“I’ve explained we’re in a numbers situation. We need to move things around to be able to bring other players in. Obviously we are trying to do that.

“The bottom line is that you are always going to miss a player of Sammy Ameobi’s quality.

“James (Henry) has done well, he hit the post and he had other chances to score, but it’s obvious that if you take a player like Sammy Ameobi out of the squad, you’ll miss him somewhere down the line.”